Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted abstracts!

Note: If you submitted an abstract and did not receive a confirmation email, your abstract may not have been received. Email I2SL if you have any questions.

Call for Presenters Deadlines

Friday, March 15, 2019 Abstracts are due to I2SL.
Friday, March 22, 2019 Extended deadline for I2SL Members to submit abstracts.

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May 2019 Applicants will be notified via email of their status and will be able to register for the conference.
Friday, October 4, 2019 Deadline to cancel registration and receive a refund.
Early October 2019 Conference presentations due to I2SL in advance of the conference.


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Presentation Guidelines

Each presentation in a technical session will have 30 minutes. I2SL recommends allotting 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. Consider limiting your presentation to 10 to 20 slides to allow enough time for each slide. Our technical audience is looking for in-depth information on your projects, including challenges faced, lessons learned, and specific innovations incorporated.

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Registration Requirement

All speakers are required to register for and attend the conference during their presentation time. Speakers are responsible for all fees associated with attending the conference, including but not limited to:

  • Conference registration fee (See Speaker Benefits below).
  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Travel costs (e.g., airfare, parking).
  • Meals (excluding those included with the conference registration package).

If you are unable to present, please notify I2SL no later than Friday, October 4, 2019, and provide a replacement speaker. If you do not notify I2SL and provide a replacement speaker by this deadline, I2SL may not consider you as a speaker for future conferences.

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Speaker Benefits

I2SL offers the following benefits to speakers:

  • Discounted registration fee (two per presentation).
  • Abstract or presentation considered for additional publication opportunities.
  • Name, abstract, biography, and presentation posted on the I2SL website, with speaker's permission.
  • Name, organization, and presentation title listed in the conference's onsite mobile app. The abstract and biography will also be included with the speaker's permission.
  • Speaker ribbons on name badges.
  • Networking opportunities with other leaders in your field.

Note: This is a reduced paper conference; please do not bring hard copy materials for attendees, as abstracts will be made available online and presentations will be posted with permission.

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Selection Criteria

A committee of laboratory sustainability experts will review all abstract submissions. Entries will be judged on:

  • Quality and merit of technical information presented.
  • Relevance to I2SL's sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community.
  • Aspects of your approach, concept, or technology application that are sustainable, cutting-edge, unique, and/or noteworthy.
  • Lessons learned that the audience will take away from the presentation (i.e., the stated learning objectives).
  • Useful, tangible materials the audience can take away from the presentation, such as tools, resources, or samples.
  • Absence of marketing at any point during the presentation.

Special attention will be given to abstracts that:

  • Focus on new developments and technologies.
  • Evaluate a completed project's performance by presenting documented results over a period of time.
  • Are presented by the facility owner.
  • Are related to the suggested presentation topics.

In addition, keep in mind:

  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Abstracts proposing more than two speakers will not be considered.
  • Abstracts that contain marketing materials will not be considered.

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Suggested Presentation Topics

I2SL strives to provide presentations that meet the needs of the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community. I2SL welcomes abstracts that:

  • Relate to I2SL's suggested presentation topics listed below and/or involve any new or innovative information or cutting-edge sustainable technologies. These abstracts will be given first priority, as these presentations are among the most well received by the I2SL Annual Conference audience.
  • Provide follow-up information or lessons learned from projects discussed during past conferences.
  • Provide an owner and/or user's perspective.

If there are any remaining session spots in the agenda, I2SL may fill them with abstracts on additional topics.

Suggested presentation topics include:

Labs That Are Sustainable Inside and Out

  • Case Studies Producing Sustainable Results (Renovations vs. New Labs)
  • Sustainable Laboratory Design and Building Systems (New and Retrofit)
  • Defining and Purchasing Sustainable Laboratory Equipment and Furnishings
  • Utilizing Lab Space More Efficiently and Sharing Research Resources

Conservation Starts in the Lab

  • Laboratory Conservation and Education Programs for Lab Managers and Users
  • Landfill Solid Waste Diversion
  • Green Labs in Action
  • Learning From PIs and Researchers (preference given to actual lab users)

Safe and Sustainable—How Labs Can Be Both

  • Balancing Environmental Health, Safety, and Security With Sustainability
  • Laboratory Codes, Standards, and Hazard Assessments
  • Lab Casework That Is Ergonomic, Environmentally Responsive and Effective

Putting People First

  • Examples of Human-Centric Lab Design
  • Projects Detailing Improved Coordination Between Laboratory O&M and Users
  • Case Studies of Working With Concerned Neighbors of a New Lab

Calm, Cool, and Controlled—Optimizing Lab Performance

  • Comparing Actual Energy Consumption to What Was Modeled
  • Case Studies of Applied Evaporative Cooling
  • HVAC Control Strategies for Operational Success in Safety, Health and Efficiency

What's on the Horizon for Sustainable Laboratories?

  • Carbon Neutrality and Net-Zero Energy or All-Electric Labs
  • Managing Change Strategies for Lab Designers and Owners
  • Learning Labs (in General and Compared to Super Labs, Are They Different?)

High and Dry—Special Regional Lab Considerations

  • Lessons for Applying Humidification/De-humidification in Arid Regions
  • Choices for Building Envelopes for Arid Regions
  • Water Conservation in Arid Regions
  • Lab Design Strategies for High Altitudes


  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Sustainable Vivarium Strategies
  • Strategies to Reduce Labs' Impacts on Local Services: Gas, Electric, Water, Sewers, Waste Systems
  • Public-Private Partnerships

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Additional Publication and Recognition Opportunities

Presentations on I2SL's Website

I2SL will make the conference proceedings available to interested parties. Conference attendees will be able to access the presentations via a password-protected page on the I2SL website for free for a limited period of time following the conference. Those who do not attend the conference but are interested in viewing the presentations will be able to access the presentations by becoming I2SL Members.

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